1930s home in Blackrock for €950,000

A long back garden and garage at the side offer plenty of room to grow

Thu, Apr 10, 2014, 00:00

Newtownpark Avenue is one of those roads where the property price register gives little guidance as to comparative prices – the Blackrock road is lined with houses in a variety of styles and sizes and so comparing like with like is difficult.

Clonman, 9 Newtown Park Avenue is a semi-detached house, built in the 1930s, that will tick the boxes for buyers, particularly those with young children, looking for a family home.

It has four bedrooms, a good-sized eat-in kitchen, a large livingroom and separate diningroom and a 44m long back garden. In all it has 149sq m (1,600sq ft).

It is for sale by Sherry FitzGerald for €950,000.

There wasn’t the same pressure on interior space when this was built so, as with other houses of the period, the hallway and upstairs landing are roomy, which gives the house a spacious feel.

This has been a rental for a while and it was clearly renovated in recent years by its owner who updated the bathrooms, ensuite and kitchen, and modernised the downstairs guest toilet.

It is in walk-in condition but the long back garden and the garage to the side are likely to make buyers consider plans for expanding. Given the length of the back garden, extending the kitchen will not significantly impact on it. Indeed the garden is so long – it must have been the pride and joy of a keen gardener at one point – that it is divided in two by a mature hedge beyond which is a large greenhouse and shed. There would also appear to be potential to convert the attic.

Unusually for a house that has been renovated in recent years, number 9 still has its small-pane steel-framed original windows. They add great charm and give the house its lovely cottagy feel but they are not exactly energy efficient. To preserve the house’s look, the owners installed a sort of double glazing, putting an additional set of windows on the inside, a practice that was once more widely carried out in older houses. Now that there are other options for improving the performance while remaining sympathetic to the period, new owners might want to explore replacing the windows.

The front garden has been graveled over and so there is off-street parking for several cars as well as the option to park in the garage.

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